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Nationals recall Tanner Roark from Triple-A Syracuse

WASHINGTON (AP) The Washington Nationals recalled right-hander Tanner Roark from Triple-A Syracuse on Friday in advance of his start against the Braves. President of Baseball Operations and General Manager Mike Rizzo made the announcement. Roark is starting Friday night in place of Stephen Strasburg. Strasburg left his start Sunday versus the Marlins after four innings with upper...
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Playoffs or not, Bryce Harper is the NL MVP

Should a league MVP come from a team that doesn’t make the playoffs? There’s a good chance that old argument will be reignited this offseason in the National League. Bryce Harper is having a transcendent year, one that would seemingly make awarding him the big prize a cinch. But the Nationals are in a downward spiral with a real shot of missing the postseason. And for some voters...
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5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Playoffs or not, Bryce Harper is the NL MVP

Should a league MVP come from a team that doesn’t make the playoffs? There’s a good chance that old argument will be reignited this offseason in the National League. Bryce Harper is having a transcendent year, one that would seemingly make awarding him the big prize a cinch. But the Nationals are in a downward spiral with a real shot of missing the postseason. And for some...
Via The Outside Corner
5 hours ago  |  Discuss

Washington Nationals bold predictions revisited

Back on April 8, as the 2015 season was in its infancy, I wrote a piece laying out five bold predictions for the Washington Nationals. At the time, the injury bug had already struck the Nationals, but I still felt good about their chances as a playoff contender. No one saw the New York Mets coming, and the division should still have been a runaway for the boys from D.C. Turns out...
Via Baseball Essential
6 hours ago  |  Discuss

No swings needed as Nationals' Harper walks into record books

Bryce Harper walked into the major league record books Thursday - and never took the bat off his shoulder.Harper managed to fill up the box score without taking one swing in the Washington Nationals' 15-1 romp over the Atlanta Braves. Harper walked in all four plate appearances, scoring each time, and even managed to collect an RBI by drawing a bases-loaded base on balls.The 22-year...
Via Fox Sports
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Bryce Harper scores four runs without a single hit

Tommy Gilligan-USA TODAY SportsBryce Harper has one of the most feared bats in baseball, but Thursday night at Nationals Park, the Washington slugger reached base four times and scored four runs, all without an official at-bat. His final batting line — zero at-bats, zero hits, four runs, one RBI and four walks.  Harper joins Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan and Larry Doby as the...
Via Sports-Glory
10 hours ago  |  Discuss

Bryce Harper Makes History Scoring Four Runs without One Swing

View image | gettyimages.com   Bryce Harper scored four runs in the Nationals’ 15-1 win over the Atlanta Braves, and he did so without taking a swing. The three-time All-Star became the fourth player in Major League Baseball history to score four runs without recording an at-bat, joining Hall of Famers Rickey Henderson, Joe Morgan, and Larry Doby to accomplish the feat. Harper...
Via KCM Sports
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How to Hit a Curveball: Advice from Washington Nationals First Baseman Clint Robinson

Hitting a curveball is difficult. Depending on your level of play, the ball can be traveling at over 80 mph and move significantly in the strike zone. However, with some
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Bryce Harper scores four runs without swinging bat once (VIDEO)

Bryce Harper had a very strange night on Thursday. And made MLB history while having it.As the Nationals routed the Braves 15-1, Harper came to the plate four times, looked at 20 pitches and didn't swing at a single one. And after each time he walked, he managed to come around and score.His final line for the night: 0-for-0, four runs, one RBI and four walks. .@BHarper3407’s four...
Via The Other Paper
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Ryan Zimmerman stays hot as Nationals rout Braves 15-1

WASHINGTON (AP) Ryan Zimmerman continued his torrid stretch with three hits and four RBIs, Jordan Zimmermann pitched six solid innings and the Washington Nationals opened a seven-game homestand with a 15-1 rout of the Atlanta Braves on Thursday night. Washington moved within six games of the first-place New York Mets, who were off Thursday, in the NL East. The Braves have lost nine...
Via AP on Fox
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Harper back in Nationals' lineup a day after leaving game

WASHINGTON (AP) Nationals outfielder Bryce Harper is back in the starting lineup, a day leaving the game because of tightness in his left glute. Harper was set to play Thursday night in the opener of a four-game series in Washington against Atlanta. Manager Matt Williams said Harper would get physical therapy and go through his normal pregame routine. Harper exited Wednesday night...
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Home run binge helps Nationals' Zimmerman reach 200 for his career

The Washington Nationals have faded over the past five weeks, but no one can point to Ryan Zimmerman as one of the reasons for their struggles.Zimmerman has been on a torrid streak since missing nearly seven weeks due to plantar fasciitis. He single-handedly prevented the Nationals from a three-game sweep in St. Louis by homering twice - including No. 200 of his career - and driving...
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Glute injury may force Nationals' Harper to sit out Thursday

A somewhat fluke injury has Washington Nationals outfielder and National League MVP candidate Bryce Harper iffy for the opener of Thursday's four-game series against the Atlanta Braves.Harper was forced to exit Wednesday's game against the St. Louis Cardinals due to tightness in his left glute. After failing to run out a ground ball in his second at-bat, Harper called it a night...
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Does it really matter if Bryce Harper runs hard to first base?

In last night’s 4-3 victory over the St. Louis Cardinals (a must-win game if ever there was one), Washington Nationals’ superstar Bryce Harper left the game after popping out to second base in the fourth inning. He jogged slightly disgustedly up the first base line, not making it very far before the ball settled into Kolten Wong’s glove. Harper returned to the batter’s box...
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Thanks, Zim!

Ryan Zimmerman did it all last night. "The most important thing is the win. I could care less about the home runs and all that stuff as long as we get the win." (Ryan Zimmerman, via Washington Post, 9/3/2015) Nationals 4, Cardinals 3: I can't believe they didn't blow it! Ryan Zimmerman snaps 3 ties, puts Nats on his back (2 HRS, 3 RBI). Matt Williams does "masterful...
Via Nationals Enquirer
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MLB Quick Hits: Goldy, Harper, Strasburg, etc.

Some big names are in the news today, but the news is mostly minor. Let's start with D-backs 1B Paul Goldschmidt, who returned to Arizona Tuesday night to be with his wife for the birth of their first child. Goldschmidt is expected to rejoin the team on Saturday.  Nationals OF Bryce Harper left Wednesday's game due to glute tightness, but you wouldn't have known that by my Twitter...
Via Fox Sports
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Braves-Nationals Preview

In dire need of momentum to become a factor in the NL East, the Washington Nationals' remaining schedule presents that opportunity. Losing Bryce Harper, however, would make that very difficult. After avoiding being swept by the best team in baseball, the Nationals may be without their best hitter as they try to capitalize on a four-game series with the spiraling Atlanta Braves on...
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Harper's tight butt driving Nats nuts down playoff stretch

  Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was taken out of Wednesday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals before the bottom of the fourth inning with tight glutes. Harper was 0 for 2 in the game, taking a called third strike in the first inning and lining out softly to second in the fourth. Matt den Dekker replaced Harper in center field and was batting third for Washington...
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Watch: Ryan Zimmerman Hits 200th Career Home Run

The night belonged to Ryan Zimmerman. The Washington Nationals stalwart highlighted a spectacular game by hitting his 200th home run of his career on a 3-for-4 night at the plate that included him driving in three runs. Zimmerman hammered his second of two solo blasts off St. Louis Cardinals pitcher Tyler Lyons in the sixth inning, giving the Nationals a 3-2 lead and putting him...
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Zimmerman homers twice, Nationals snap skid in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS — Ryan Zimmerman homered twice, then doubled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning as the Washington Nationals ended their nine-game losing streak at St. Louis, beating the Cardinals 4-3 Wednesday night. Zimmerman reached 200 career home runs with his second shot. Jayson Werth also homered for the Nationals. Nationals starter Max Scherzer struck out 11, gave...
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Zimmerman's two homers help Nationals salvage game in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Ryan Zimmerman homered twice, then doubled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning as the Washington Nationals ended their nine-game losing streak at St. Louis, beating the Cardinals 4-3 Wednesday night. Zimmerman reached 200 career home runs with his second shot. Jayson Werth also homered for the Nationals. Nationals starter Max Scherzer struck out 11, gave up...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Zimmerman's two homers help Nationals salvage game in St. Louis

ST. LOUIS -- Ryan Zimmerman homered twice, then doubled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning as the Washington Nationals ended their nine-game losing streak at St. Louis, beating the Cardinals 4-3 Wednesday night. Zimmerman reached 200 career home runs with his second shot. Jayson Werth also homered for the Nationals. Nationals starter Max Scherzer struck out 11, gave up...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Zimmerman homers twice, doubles as Nationals beat Cardinals

ST. LOUIS (AP) Ryan Zimmerman homered twice, then doubled home the tiebreaking run in the eighth inning as the Washington Nationals ended their nine-game losing streak at St. Louis, beating the Cardinals 4-3 Wednesday night. Zimmerman reached 200 career home runs with his second shot. Jayson Werth also homered for the Nationals. Nationals starter Max Scherzer struck out 11, gave...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Nationals remove Harper in 4th inning

ST. LOUIS (AP) Bryce Harper of the Washington Nationals was taken out of Wednesday night's game against the St. Louis Cardinals before the bottom of the fourth inning. The team made no announcement about a reason. Harper was 0 for 2 in the game, taking a called third strike in the first inning and lining out softly to second in the fourth. Matt den Dekker replaced Harper in center...
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1 day ago  |  Discuss

Natioanals' Strasburg won't make next scheduled start

ST. LOUIS (AP) Stephen Strasburg won't make his next scheduled start for the Washington Nationals on Friday. Strasburg was limited to four innings by upper back tightness his last outing. The right-hander is scheduled to throw an extended bullpen session Thursday and manager Matt Williams said Strasburg would need at least two days after that before pitching. Williams said it was...
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2 days ago  |  Discuss
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